Clause 8. — (Attempts to Commit Offences.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Photo of Captain James Duncan Captain James Duncan , South Angus 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

I should like to make certain that Clause 8 covers everything that has been covered in the Clauses which we have discussed so far. Loitering with intent is mentioned in the 1828 Act, and that part of the 1828 Act is being repealed under the Second Schedule to this Bill. It has been part of our law for over 120 years and I do not see why we should alter the procedure in that respect. If my Amendment to this Clause had been called, it would have been moved with the object of keeping the law as it is rather than leaving out this reference to loitering with intent. It is possible that this might leave a loophole for the chap who watches for the police or the bailiff in order to give notice to the people who are catching the fish. I hope that the Lord Advocate will be able to satisfy me that the new words in this Clause will cover what will be deleted under the Second Schedule.